Certified electricians are those who have been certified and by whom a work environment has been verified to the standards of the National Registry of Certified Electricians (NERC). By undertaking the NERC review process, a person can be certified to work in the state or locality as long as they have completed the required courses for doing so.
In order to obtain a certification, there is an examination that must be completed with passing grades. These exams range from three months to a year and a half, and a person’s score from the exam will decide whether they qualify.
The NERC requirements for certification of an electrician vary by location. There are three levels of certifications that an electrician may hold based on the requirements in their respective area. A certificate of approval, after passing an examination, is the highest level of certification.
Every licensed electrician must also be in good standing with the Electricians Association of North America (EAON). While an Electricians Association is not necessarily in favor of electricians who choose to work outside of their association, this process helps to ensure the authenticity of the work that has been done. This also serves as a cautionary measure for those who are working in non-electricians areas. By being in good standing with the EAON, a person can be considered to be a “green” electrician, as most of the electrical work that they perform will still benefit the environment by going green.
As a rule, certified electricians are those who have proven themselves with the NERC standards and have completed additional courses to meet the requirements for commercial and domestic electrical service. Certified electricians are able to conduct services such as bonding, registering, certifying, and transferring among other services that help to fulfill NERC’s requirements.
Certified electricians that work with commercial and domestic electrical service may not provide installation services, but they may install equipment and wiring to improve the quality of life for the people in their home or business. Most of the certified electricians in this profession have been employed with industrial and commercial companies for many years, as well as the need for advanced electrical skills and a wide knowledge of electricity.
While a person who works for an industrial and commercial company may be offered higher wages than the average, it should be noted that the wages are usually required because they are in direct competition with the jobs that an electrician may do for a residential or family owned business. Certified electricians often earn considerably more than their counterparts, because of the higher demand for their services and higher cost of living.
Certified electricians are now able to have employers who are willing to pay them to work for them in order to increase their revenue. Having electricians working for you means that you will no longer have to wait for regular repair work to be completed, which can take days or weeks to be completed.